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    Why no peas? Too many carbs?

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    I was looking at the PB shopping list and noticed that peas are not on the list. Can anybody tell me why not? Thanks.
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    If I remember correctly it is because peas are a legume, which are generally frowned upon. It is why most beans are also disallowed except those like green beans which are mostly pod and less 'bean'

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    Peas are a legume, and as such fall under the foods to avoid such as soybeans, peanuts, and other beans. I'm personally a bit less strict on fresh peas and fresh green beans - I think they're probably fine. (Frozen is OK, but canned versions are usually icky!) I don't freak out over the occasional peanut or peanut butter, either, although most Primals would disagree with that. Your best bet WRT legumes is to minimize or eliminate all the dried beans (lentils, soy, kidney, black, etc.). IMO, whatever the discussion on antinutrients, fewer legumes helps with your gut flora.

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    Yup....
    This way of life is NOT about low carb. Low carb helps with weight loss but it is not essential for Paleo/Primal eating.
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    they're legumes, but I thought I read somewhere they were a gray area because they were more pod than bean (especially if you buy them whole)
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    According to the powers behind the Whole30, you can still enjoy peas if you get Sugar Snap Peas as they're more pod than pea, just like green beans.

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    Yep, "peas as a vegetable" are fine. So, if you are thinking pea soup, non-dried peas and spinach and cream with crumbled bacon or ham is on the Primal menu
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    Yes, I had made split pea soup, just thinking peas would be OK... I was not aware they were a legume.
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    You know, just eat your split pea soup anyway. It's one of the small deviations that is hard to pin. Apart from Paleo/Primal stream every other whole food guru advises on the legumes. Paleo/Primal authors normally acknowledge certain advantages of legumes, while pointing out the downfalls as well. But nuts beloved by the Paleo/Primal share the legumes' downfalls. A traditionally prepared legumes are kind of a 'Okay once in a blue moon' thing. Certainly not as harmful as bread or margarine.
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    To avoid being a total parrot and contributing nothing more than an echo, I'd add that if you are designing a menu with intent to restore your body after years of poor eating (microwave foods, packaged foods, McFood in general) you probably want to avoid legumes almost entirely if (and only if) you really buy the "nutrient binding" idea, whereby phytates or lectins or whatever can stop the absorption of some nutrients in a given meal when in the stomach together. But for a moderately healthy person who regularly eats nutrient-dense foods, some peas here and there are no big deal. Not even close to being as bad as grains.


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